The Zoom meetings where Eddie Jones and Ange Postecoglou compare notes with other leading mentors

By Andrew Prentice for Daily Mail Australia

23:27 03 Mar 2023, updated 23:27 03 Mar 2023

  • US-based trainer Matt Wadewitz leads the Zoom video projects
  • The aim is to exchange ideas with other leading sports mentors
  • Also attending are Mikel Arteta (football) and Luke Beveridge (AFL).
  • Accompanied by Brian Goorjian (basketball) and Matt LaFleur (NFL)

Wallabies manager Eddie Jones and former Socceroos boss and current Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou are always looking for a difference.

It has now been revealed that the duo have been interacting with some of the best sports mentors in the world at regular Zoom meetings over the past few years.

Sydney Rooster’s NRL mentor Trent Robinson is also a regular on the video chats, joining the likes of Brian Goorjian (Australian Boomers basketball), Luke Beveridge (Western Bulldogs AFL), Arsenal football manager Mikel Arteta and Green Bay Packers NFL coach Matt LaFleur.

Nothing is off-limits, with the ultimate goal being for coaches to employ strategies relevant to the teams they oversee.

Matt Wadewitz is leading the video projects, with his US company Aleda Connect creating the concept after the pandemic shut down sport worldwide in 2020.

“Coaches get a masterclass from one another in strategies they’ve learned from a lifetime of excellence,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou often exchanges views with a number of top coaches from other codes when he’s looking for a difference
Wallabies trainer Eddie Jones also discusses his methods in regular Zoom chats
Matt Wadewitz is leading the video projects, with his US company Aleda Connect creating the concept after the pandemic shut down the sport worldwide in 2020 – Roosters coach Trent Robinson (pictured) is a regular

“They really push each other to get better… It’s worked out better than I could have ever imagined. The tentacles have gone in all these different directions.

‘Now [other sporting] Coaches come to us.’

Former Australian cricket coach Justin Langer was previously involved in the video sessions – and found them very helpful.

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“It was an incredible experience to meet [every fortnight] with people walking in the same shoes,” he said last April.

“Not only have they become friends, but their advice has changed their lives.”

The Zoom chats are not just limited to sports guides.

Last October, former Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Principal Conductor Benjamin Northey shared in a video session that conducting an orchestra doesn’t have an instrument to play.

But at the same time the conductor is responsible for making a group of people perform.

It resonated with Robinson, who applied the theory to his coaching sessions with the Tricolors.

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